not conventional; not bound by or conforming to convention, rule, or precedent; free from conventionality: an unconventional artist; an unconventional use of material.

Origin of unconventional

First recorded in 1830–40; un-1 + conventional
Related formsun·con·ven·tion·al·ist, nounun·con·ven·tion·al·ly, adverb

Synonyms for unconventional

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Examples from the Web for unconventionally

Historical Examples of unconventionally

  • How unconventionally Israel approaches its God, and how democratically!

    Against the Current

    Edward A. Steiner

  • The dinners were discriminately, if unconventionally, ordered.


    J. K. Huysmans

  • She came in from the street, unconventionally removing her hat and gloves as she entered.

    One Day


  • But that seemed not to be fair; unconventionally she inserted in each note the words, "to meet Mr. Stephen F. Ellis."

    The Barrier

    Allen French

  • To give up and to be human, unconventionally so for just a little while, seemed a mad desire.

    The Forged Note

    Oscar Micheaux

British Dictionary definitions for unconventionally



not conforming to accepted rules or standards
Derived Formsunconventionality, noununconventionally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unconventionally



1832, from un- (1) "not" + conventional. "A 19 cent. epithet for a certain type of affectation." [Weekley] Related: Unconventionally.

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